England vs South Africa Prediction & Betting Odds - Rugby World Cup Final Pick
October 31, 2019
The final of the Rugby World Cup 2019 takes place on Saturday evening (local time) at the International Stadium Yokohama in Japan, with England up against South Africa for the Webb Ellis Cup.
England came through the Pool stage untroubled, although having their game with France cancelled as a result of Typhoon Hagibis did perhaps deprive them of a sterner test. However, the knockout stage has seen them overcome heavyweight challengers in Australia (40-16 in the quarterfinals) and New Zealand (19-7 in the semifinals).
England come into this game look for their second World Cup trophy, having famously beaten host nation Australia 20-17 in extra-time to win it in 2003.
The South Africans have had (on paper at least) an easier route to the final in the knockout stage, having first defeated host nation Japan (26-3) and then Wales (19-16).
The Springboks will be looking to equal New Zealand’s record of three World Cup wins, having previously been victorious in 1995 (when they hosted the tournament) and 2007 (when they beat England 15-6 in the final in Paris).
Betting Odds - Winner
England vs South Africa Betting Lines & Pick
In the Match Result betting lines, England are -188 (1.53) with bet365. The draw is +2200 (23.0) with bet365, with the best betting line on a South Africa win at +200 (3.00) with Betway.
England come into the final having played the better rugby in the tournament overall and can also boast a 100% record, whereas the Springboks lost their opening game of the tournament 23-13 to New Zealand.
In terms of Rugby World Cup Final tips, England have looked determined and focused in their last two games and are the justified bookies favourites based on performances to date. It would be a mistake to write off a talented South African team though.
For the tip we’ll go to the Handicap market though, where England -4.0 can be backed at odds of +100 (2.00) with Betway. They look capable of covering that spread.
Rugby World Cup Final Pick: Handicap – England -4.0 @ +100 (2.00) with Betway Sports